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``The Region is home to over 300 life sciences & health technology firms!``

Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology

York Region is strategically located North America’s third largest life sciences cluster by sector employment (40,000 employees : 1,300 companies), known as the Greater Toronto Area. The Region is home to global industry leaders such as Teva, Johnson & Johnson, Apotex, Smiths, Drager, PerkinElmer, Alexion, Abbott, Olympus Medical, Nightingale Informatix, and Cerner Canada.


With construction expected to begin on a fourth hospital in late 2016 or early 2017.


in York Region providing essential support and research to medical initiatives.


220 pharmacies, 30 long-term care facilities, and 400+ other specialist and paramedical practitioners.

HealthTech Commercialization in York Region is Extensive and Growing Fast

  • A new health tech incubator, CreateIT Now, established in Newmarket, York Region at Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Ideal startup location for life science and healthcare technology SME’s
  • Specific opportunities exist in chronic disease management, health informatics & analytics, health systems and process re-engineering, imaging, mobile applications, remote monitoring, non-invasive medical devices
  • Hospitals-industry collaboration framework focused on community care
Southlake Regional Health Centre

Major Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology Companies with Operations in York Region

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Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology in the Greater Toronto Area

  • York Region is home to Ontario’s largest Local Health Network (LHIN) serving 1.8 million residents
  • Healthcare-IT convergence: York Region is home to Canada’s second largest Information & Communications Technology (ICT) cluster including leading Healthcare IT firms such as IBM, Nightingale Informatix, and Cerner Canada
  • 25 of top 50 global pharma firms and 16 of top 25 global medical device firms have Canadian Headquarters in the Toronto area
  • Concentrated and diverse patient base; area population 6.1M (45% foreign-born), fifth largest metro area in USA/Canada
  • 60 vicinity hospitals including 12 research and 9 teaching hospitals
  • 6 area medical schools and over 50 academic programs related to medical devices and biomedical engineering
VentureLAB Regional Innovation Centre in York Region
  • Home to ventureLAB Innovation Centre: One-stop-shop start-up/commercialization support for entrepreneurs
  • Part of Province of Ontario’s Network of Entrepreneurs  (ONE), designed to help commercialize ideas
  • Healthcare-ICT technology convergence centre
Academic Research & Innovation
  • York University: Canada’s third largest university; leading interdisciplinary research and teaching institution with new campus opening in Markham, York Region
  • Seneca College: Canada’s largest college; leader in applied research and education

York Region Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology News

York Region Invests $14 Million in Local Hospitals

Newmarket – York Regional Council today approved funding of more than $14 million for local hospital construction. This capital funding ...
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Richmond Hill Headquartered Olympus Canada Becomes Exclusive Distributor for gGastro

BOCA RATON, Fla., May 19, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- gMed Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of gMed, Inc., a Modernizing Medicine ...
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The Hospital of the Future: York Region Based Mackenzie Health and Philips Canada Featured

"...Looking into a crystal ball is exactly what Mackenzie Health, a regional health-care provider serving southwest York region in Ontario, ...
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